The 1980s brought us many things: neon fashion, big hair sprayed into submission, the rise of the yuppie, and some of the best television shows to hit the small screen. Television dramas of the decade brought viewers to police precincts, law firms, and Victorian-era London. The shows featured ensemble casts, police detectives, and mysterious storytellers, who from week to week took audiences on a journey to places both known and unknown where they could forget about life for a while.
Stacker compiled data on all drama TV shows from 1980-1989 and ranked them according to IMDb user rating, with ties broken by votes. To qualify, the show had to have at least 2,500 votes. Only English-language shows were considered.
One show was nominated for 21 Emmys in its first season, though it had extremely low ratings. Another series starred an old man and a talking dog. They were eclectic and interesting and always great. See if your favorite show made the list.
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